EDIBLE SEEDS GUIDE TO ENRICH YOUR DISHES
In the market you can find a wide variety of seeds that you can eat and that provide you with multiple benefits. Imagine a world of new flavors to dress your dishes and, on top of that, they provide health benefits and great nutritional power. This is our edible seed guide.
Surely you have tried them more than once. Although not everyone fits, because of their discomfort to peel them, they have great nutritional power, essential fatty acids and B vitamins (thiamine, niacin, B-6, etc.).
Seeds of Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca . Photography: Kulac
If you dare to grow pumpkin you have to keep one thing in mind. Its association with other vegetables. We remember this article of favorable and unfavorable associations where we said the following about the pumpkin:
FAVORABLE ASSOCIATIONS: basil, nasturtium, bean, corn and tomato.
UNFAVORABLE ASSOCIATIONS: radish.
It is becoming more and more popular to add edible sesame seeds to dishes that, in themselves, have a different texture. A specific case is salads, where these seeds are combined to add a crunchy touch to the mix.
One point in favor of sesame is that it contains a lot of protein (even if its size says otherwise). They are rich in calcium, offer methionine and help reduce cholesterol levels.
Now, everyone knows sesame like seeds or, at least, it’s what sounds the most to you. However, do you know what the sesame plant is like ?
It is scientifically known as Sesamum indicum and apart from sesame it is also known as sesame.
Sesame or sesame. Photography: Traper Bemowski
A well-known food that contains sesame seeds? The hamburger bun , for example.
CHÍA ( SALVIA HISPANICA L )
We have a plant that, until recently, was unknown to many. However, little by little it is gaining fame due to the beneficial properties it offers.
And where does so much fame come from?
That it is one of the plants with the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. Hence, its seeds are extracted and used as food for more and more dishes.
Although it may seem like an exotic plant, especially because of its common name and because it comes from central and southern Mexico, it is still a plant of the Lamiaceae family , like common sage ( Salvia officinalis).
Chia seeds. Photography: Daniel Schwen
Be careful, that Chia also has its contradictions. Not everyone is suitable to take them, so you should consult with experts before incorporating it into our diet.
EDIBLE QUINOA SEEDS
The quinoa ( Chenopodium quinoa ), another plant that is becoming more known in Europe and consecrated in Latin America (Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, etc.).
WHAT IS STRIKING ABOUT QUINOA?
That its seeds contain 8 essential amino acids (the 8 that humans need). In addition, due to its flavor, it is part of many dishes that do not end only in roasting the seeds. These are used fermented to produce beer (also chichas), pasta, cookies, flakes, etc.
And if we leave the nutritional field and approach the medicinal one, quinoa, as an edible seed, has been used since ancient times to combat symptoms of anxiety, osteoporosis (due to its magnesium content), migraines, etc.
Quinoa seeds. Photography: Pom²
FLAX OR LINSEED SEEDS
Visiting specialized health food stores you will surely find flax seeds. There is a large list of properties where it has been scientifically proven that flax seeds can help improve our health.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE FLAX PLANT LOOKS LIKE?
If we go to the vegetal topic, you will know flax ( Linum usitatissimum ) as a herbaceous plant of the Linaceae family . One factor that draws the attention of flax is its striking blue flowers (perennial flax), which we show you below.
Flax flower. Photography: Johnathan J. Stegeman
Among the properties to be highlighted of flax, as a habitual intake, the following stand out
- Potential to lower cholesterol. It contains a substance with a similar action to prostaglandin, to regulate blood pressure.
- The mucilage of flax helps to reduce inflammation of the respiratory system, also linked to its content of prostaglandins PG3 with anti-inflammatory power.
- Its potential as an anticancer is currently being studied, due to its high content of Omega 3.
- As a slimming agent, since flax contains a lot of satiating fiber. Improves intestinal transit and helps reduce craving for food.
Of course, there are many more. Dare to comment and show us your ideas!